What is All-Electronic Tolling?

All-Electronic Tolling, SunPass & Toll-By-Plate Explained

Tampa is a region of drivers. We like our cars. They get us where we need to go. We have a love-hate relationship with our roadways, which can be riddled with potholes, construction, and congestion more often than we’d like.

You’ve known that there is an easier and faster option in the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, but perhaps you’ve been hesitant to try it out since it turned into All Electronic Tolling a few years back. But have no fear! We’re here to take the mystery and stress out of it and help you get on the Selmon and get where you need to go faster.

So, what exactly is All-Electronic Tolling? As the name implies, All-Electronic Tolling is a booth-less, cashless tolling system where your vehicle information is captured via a SunPass transponder or a license plate photograph. The replacement of traditional toll booths with electronic gantries helps maintain a consistent speed on the roadway, allows for more vehicles to use the roadway, and reduces carbon emissions from the stop and go traffic as you approach a toll booth.

If you have a SunPass account, the process is seamless. As you pass under a gantry, your SunPass transponder information is captured, and the tolled trip is charged to your SunPass account. These tolls appear on your SunPass account. You can fund a SunPass account with cash, check, credit or debit. There are no administrative fees with SunPass – it’s simply a prepaid toll account.

It’s important for SunPass account holders to (1) have money in the account for tolls (2) have the correct license plates for all vehicles (3) make sure that a debit/credit card is valid. If you are a SunPass account holder and you receive a Toll-by-Plate notice, please call. You could have received the invoice because of any of the reasons above.

If you do not have a SunPass account, you can still use the Selmon Expressway. When you pass under a gantry, a photograph of your license plate will be taken and run through our system to check the vehicle registration information. You will then receive a bill for your toll transactions to the address on file with your vehicle registration.

With this first invoice, you have 30 days to pay the total, which includes the toll charge and an administrative fee to locate your vehicle information and prepare your bill. If you pay your invoice within those 30 days, you’re all set! Thank you for driving on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

If you don’t pay your tolls, after 60 days, those tolls go to a Collections firm, where other fees are added. Also, if you don’t pay the notices from the Collections firm, be aware that we could put a hold on your ability to re-register your vehicle – and we don’t want that!

If you’re using Toll-by-Plate, please make sure the address on your vehicle’s registration matches your current address. If it doesn’t, you could be missing out on notices. Also, if you think you’ve paid all of your tolls and you get another notice – don’t ignore it! Sometimes a late payment can cause individual tolls to be sent to collections.

We love our customers. We especially love when they pay their bills on time. It helps maintain the roadways that we all depend on. The easiest way to ensure that your toll bills are paid in full and on time is to use SunPass. Using a SunPass will save you time, money, and energy.

If you don’t want to use a SunPass, then please keep your vehicle information up-to-date and be sure to open all invoices and pay your bills within the designated timeframe to avoid additional fees and collection notices. Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact THEA – [email protected].

Make sure your account is not in collections (not just at toll-by-plate, but at collections) at THEA-Tolls.com.